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Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival Turns 40 PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Oldest, largest competition of its kind in U.S. has benefited thousands of young musicians since 1969

3,000 musicians, 200 bands compete for $175,000 in scholarships, Saturday, February 9
Berklee College of Music's annual High School Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the U.S., will celebrate its 40th anniversary, Saturday, February 9, at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend as more than 3,000 students and 200 bands will perform and compete for tuition scholarships totaling $175,000—the highest amount awarded in the history of the festival. 

Berklee’s High School Jazz Festival, originally known as the New England High School Stage Band Festival, was initiated by former college president Lee Elliot Berk.  At the first competition, which took place March 15, 1969, at the 1140 Boylston St. building on Berklee's campus, there were 21 bands, and Rush-Henrietta Central High School Band (Rochester, NY), directed by Thomas Ghidiu, was the winning ensemble. Over the years, thousands of high school students and music educators have benefited from the performance evaluations, clinics, workshops, and scholarship opportunities available.

Lawrence Bethune, Berklee’s vice president for student affairs/dean of students, has been involved in each of the festivals over the past four decades. “I’ve watched this festival grow and evolve into an amazing day of music and  education,” he says. “This is an important event that has touched and improved the musical lives of thousands of young people.”

Twin Cities Winter Jazz Fest on March 2, 2008 featuring Sonny Fortune PDF Print
Written by Pat Courtemanche   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Sonnt Fortune © Howard A. Gitelson
The 16th Annual Twin Cities Winter Jazz Fest will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2008, at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Sonny Fortune, an alto saxophonist and flutist known for his work with Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner, headlines a roster covering three stages with styles ranging from big bands to vocal standards to bebop. The festival also marks its first year at the MacPhail Center for Music’s brand new, state-of-the-art, performance spaces. The Festival runs from Noon to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2008, and tickets are $25. MacPhail Center for Music is located at 2nd St. and 5th Ave. So. in Downtown Minneapolis. For more information, call (612) 343-5943 or visit

In addition to two sets by Sonny Fortune (5:00 pm & 7:00 pm), the Main Stage will feature Southern Minnesota’s Real Big Band and the Bellagala Big Band. On the Upper Stage, music will include the excellent horn-driven bop quintet Snowblind, the adventurous Bells & Whistles and more. The Jazz Vocalists of Minnesota, a coalition of some of the area’s top singers, will perform throughout the day on the Atrium Stage. MacPhail Center for Music will host two clinic stages, with a spotlight on youth performers and workshops.
Vision Collaboration Festival, New York, January 10 – 12 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 05 January 2008
Katie Martin
Arts for Art will present avantjazz dance and music with improvisation at the 13th annual Vision Collaboration Festival. This creative festival allows for collaborations between innovative dancer/choreographers collaborating with New York’s top musicians thereby shedding new light on the experience of dance. Bringing the arts together moves forward the creativity in music and dance through challenging common expectations. It all takes place at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door - $15 for students and seniors.

The 13th annual Vision Collaboration Festival will feature the musicians: William Parker, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes, Leena Conquest, Eri Yamamoto, Hamid Drake, Roy Campbell, Billy Bang, Bryan Carrott, Hill Greene, Zen Matsuura, Charles Gayle, Shanir Blumenkranz, Ryan Sawyer, J.D. Allen, Jake Meginsky, Mavrothi Kontanis, Jim Staley, Jason Kao Hwang, and Todd Nicholson. The festival will aslo feature the following dancers: Katie Martin, Miriam Parker, Patricia Nicholson, K.J. Holmes, Asimina Chremos, Jumaane Taylor, and Sally Silvers. A complete schedule follows.
James Moody joins Terence Blanchard and Benny Green for Nationwide Monterey Jazz Festival Tour PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Friday, 28 December 2007
James Moody
Building on the exciting and unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentation, the Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the nationwide, ten-week, fifty-four date Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour in 2008. Heralded as a meeting of three generations of jazz masters, the 50th Anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival All-Star Band features the leaders of the past, present and future with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Vocalist Nnenna Freelon will also be a featured member of the group as they embark on the twenty-two state tour starting in January, 2008. If you can’t come to Monterey, Monterey will come to you! A schedule of the tour follows this article.

Since the 1940s, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded audiences with his signature song "Moody's Mood for Love," an improvisation on the chord progressions of "I'm in the Mood for Love." Whether he’s playing tenor sax, the alto, soprano or flute, Moody does so with the fluidity, resonance and passion that has made him one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz. A born performer, Moody always engages the audience with his wit and wisdom as well as his woodwind prowess.
2008 Panama Jazz Festival PDF Print
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 18 November 2007

Danilo Perez

Founded by Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the Panama Jazz Festival, which celebrates its 5th birthday January 21 - 26, 2008 was created in order to exchange cultural experiences between the best musicians in the world and the Panamanian people. Perez’s vision has guided the growth of the festival, which while continuing to bring top tier international artists to perform in ticketed and free events, now has as its inextricable center the need to address music education. According to Pérez, “Each year we have been expanding the educational aspect of the Festival, bringing in more notable musicians as master teachers, additional major educational institutions, growing the audition process, reaching out to the most needy communities in Panama and increasing the amount and kind of scholarships, and the cultural opportunities we are able to make available to the young people of Panama. We now see ourselves as an educational and cultural convention, as opposed to a traditional jazz festival,” he continued, “Of course bringing top American and International talent to perform in the Festival continues to be a very integral and exciting part of what we do. It is the performances, the ticket sales, the government and corporate sponsorship of the Festival that makes it possible to fund our educational agenda.” 
50th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, Day Two: From Blues to the Silvery Moon PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Monday, 24 September 2007

James Hunter©John Whiting
It was one of those days that made you vow to attend the Monterey Jazz Festival every September for the rest of your natural life, even if it means bringing your walker. Which plenty of people do.

Saturday is blues day, and we had two chances to hear James Hunter and Otis Taylor: first in the Arena and afterward at the Garden Stage. We chose the up-close-and-personal Garden Stage.

Hunter is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and arranger with an old-school soul man’s scream, rubbery knees, and a wicked wit. Raised in a mobile home in an onion field in Thorrington, formerly a railroad worker and busker, he has won fans including Van Morrison, who calls him “one of the best voices…in British R&B and soul.” Backed by his solid band, he delivered song after song to an audience that wanted to dance and did, including an elegant couple who dipped and twirled as if they were on a ballroom floor.

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